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Chapter 3: Academic Organization of the University

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3.1 Colleges, Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy (IRAPP), Graduate and
Undergraduate Programs and Academic Outreach and Support

3.1.1 College of Business

The College of Business includes undergraduate programs in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, real estate, computer information systems, business information systems, and business and marketing education. The College of Business offers a Masters of Business Administration program. The East Kentucky Small Business Development Center also is a component of the College of Business.

3.1.1.1 Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

The Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance offers extensive course work in cost managerial and tax accounting; in economic theory, analysis and applications; and in investment, financial management and financial markets.

3.1.1.2 Department of Information Systems

The Department of Information Systems offers programs in computer information systems with areas in computer programming, systems management, and systems analysis. Two-year programs are offered in computer information systems and business information systems.

3.1.1.3 Department of Management, Marketing, and Real Estate

The Department of Management and Marketing offers programs in management; marketing; and real estate.

3.1.1.4 East Kentucky Small Business Development Center

The EKSBDC conducts training programs for existing and prospective small business entrepreneurs and provides one-on-one consulting in a variety of business concerns such as marketing and sources of finance. Offices are maintained in Morehead, Ashland, and Pikeville.

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3.1.2 College of Education

The College of Education includes the Department of Elementary, Reading and Special Education; the Department of Leadership and Secondary Education; and the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences.

3.1.2.1 Department of Elementary, Reading and Special Education

Within the Department of Elementary, Reading and Special Education are programs in elementary education with emphasis on early childhood education, reading and special education with emphasis on learning and behavioral disorders.

3.1.2.2 Department of Health, Physical Education, and Sport Sciences

The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Sport Sciences offers undergraduate programs in health (teaching and non-teaching), physical education (teaching, exercise science, athletic training, and coaching), and recreation (recreation park management and administration and therapeutic recreation), as well as graduate programs in health/physical education, exercise science, and recreation.

3.1.2.3 Department of Leadership and Secondary Education

The Department of Leadership and Secondary Education offers graduate programs in secondary education; counseling; adult and higher education; and instructional leadership with emphasis on principal certification, school superintendent, school supervisor, and pupil personnel.

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3.1.3 Caudill College of Humanities

The Caudill College of Humanities includes the Departments of Art; Communication and Theatre; English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy; Geography, Government, and History; Military Science; Music; and Sociology, Social Work and Criminology. Also, the Interdisciplinary Appalachian Heritage Program and the Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Program are organizationally located within the Caudill College of Humanities.

3.1.3.1 Department of Art

Programs within the Department of Art are art education; art history; ceramics; computer art; drawing; graphic design; painting; photography; printmaking; and sculpture.

3.1.3.2 Department of Communication and Theatre

The Department of Communication and Theatre provides programs of study in communication with options in advertising/public relations/organizational communication; applied communication; journalism (both print and electronic); production (electronic media and print); and theatre. A Master or Arts degree in communication is also offered

3.1.3.3 Department of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy

Programs in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy are English, creative writing, linguistics, literature, technical writing, French, Spanish, and philosophy.

3.1.3.4 Department of Geography, Government and History

The Department of Geography, Government and History provides programs in geography with emphasis on cartography, conservation, economic, political, physical and regional studies; in government with emphasis on American, state, local, pre-law, public-personnel administration and internship programs; in paralegal studies; and in history with emphasis on Afro-American, American, Asian, European and Latin America. The Department also offers the area of concentration in social studies that prepares students to teach history, geography, government and sociology at the secondary education level.

3.1.2.4 Department of Military Science

The program within the Department of Military Science provides two, three, and four year academic and internship programs that lead to a commission in the United States Army following graduation from college. Also known as the ROTC program, the department is staffed with active US Army officers and noncommissioned officers. All courses and internships are fully accredited by the University and count toward graduation requirements. Additionally, the department offers a minor in military leadership.

3.1.3.5 Department of Music

The Department of Music includes programs in jazz and studio music; music education; music theory and composition; and performance with areas in voice, piano, organ, or harpsichord, strings, wind and percussion instruments, and guitar. At the graduate level, the department offers a masters degree in music with major fields of study in performance and music education.

3.1.2.6 Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology offers a wide-ranging baccalaureate curriculum that includes courses in sociology (such as social problems, deviance, inequality, cultural anthropology, and the individual and society), in social work (such as social welfare history and ethics, child welfare services, community mental health, and substance abuse counseling), and in criminology (such as the criminogenic family, juvenile delinquency, white collar crime, and the sociology of punishment). There is also a baccalaureate program for each of these areas with an emphasis on regional analysis and public policy. At the graduate level, the department offers a masters degree with general sociology, criminology, and gerontology options.

3.1.2.7 Interdisciplinary Appalachian Heritage Program

The Interdisciplinary Appalachian Heritage Program is organizationally located within the Caudill College of Humanities. In addition to promoting regional cultural, historical, political and social events, the program is developing a collaborative minor in appalachian studies between the Caudill College and the Institute of Regional Analysis and Public Policy.

3.1.2.8 Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Program

The Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Program is organizationally located within the Caudill College of Humanities and offers a minor in women's studies where students are required to take courses across the curriculum. Regardless of major, students are introduced to the new scholarship on women in such areas as sociology, history, psychology, literature, politics, political philosophy, and health.

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3.1.4 College of Science and Technology

The College of Science and Technology includes the Departments of Agricultural and Human Sciences; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Industrial Education and Technology; Mathematical Sciences; Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; Physical Sciences, and Psychology. The Space Science Center is a newly formed unit within Science and Technology.

3.1.4.1 Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences

Within the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, specific programs include agricultural education; agricultural science with areas in agribusiness, agricultural economics, agronomy, animal science, general agriculture, golf course management, and horticulture; agricultural technology with options in agribusiness, agricultural production, equine technology and ornamental horticulture; veterinary technology; pre-forestry; pre-veterinary medicine; a minor in horsemanship; vocational family and consumer science education; and, human sciences with areas in child development, dietetics, and hotel, restaurant and institutional management. Associate degrees are offered in the human sciences areas in child development and hospitality management. A fifth-year program in dietetics is also available.

3.1.4.2 Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences offers courses in botany, zoology, microbiology, ecology, genetics, physiology, anatomy, cell/molecular biology and environmental sciences. In addition to the baccalaureate programs in biology, environmental science, and secondary level biology teaching, the department offers programs in the pre-professional areas of pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-medical technology, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy and pre-podiatry. A graduate program leading to the Master of Science Degree in Biology is available to extend the training as a biologist and allow specialization in a specific area of biology.

3.1.4.3 Department of Industrial Education and Technology

The Department of Industrial Education and Technology offers a baccalaureate degree with an area of concentration, a major, and a minor and an associate degree in industrial technology with options available in construction/mining; electricity/electronics; graphic communications, and manufacturing robotics. An area of concentration in industrial education with teaching options is provided in support of the department's commitment to quality teacher education programs. Graduate programs, masters degree in career and technical education and a masters degree in industrial technology, are available for students seeking advanced coursework.

3.1.4.4 Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers programs for the major (both teaching and non-teaching) and minor in mathematics, an area of concentration in mathematics, an area of concentration in computer science, and two minors in statistics (one calculus based and one non-calculus based). The department also offers mathematics courses that support components for the pre-service teachers in elementary (P-5), middle school mathematics (5-8), and secondary teaching (9-12). Graduate mathematics courses designed for teacher education are also offered to support several graduate programs in education.

3.1.4.5 Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

The Department of Nursing and Allied Health offers associate and baccalaureate degree programs in nursing and radiologic sciences. In addition, through collaborative efforts with the University of Kentucky, a RN to MSN program is available for associate degree graduates. The department also offers an associate degree program for respiratory care in conjunction with the Northeast Kentucky Consortium comprised of Morehead State University, Rowan Technical College and Ashland Community College.

3.1.4.6 Department of Physical Science

Within the Department of Physical Sciences are the programs of chemistry, earth science, geology, physics, pre-engineering, pre-optometry, and science education.

3.1.4.7 Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers an area of concentration, a major, and a minor at the undergraduate level in psychology and at the graduate level master's programs in general-experimental and clinical or counseling psychology.

3.1.4.8 Space Science Center

The Space Science Center has been established to provide a state-of-the art teaching and research facility for undergraduate students in physics, astrophysics, satellite telecommunications, pre-engineering, and computer science (particularly in software development and UNIX systems management). Faculty and staff of the Space Science Center teach supporting courses in the areas described above for undergraduate programs offered by the Departments of Physical Sciences, Industrial Education and Technology, and Mathematics (computer science).

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3.1.5 Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy

The Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy includes the Division of Academic Programs and the Division of Applied Research, Service and Policy.

3.1.5.1 Division of Academic Programs

In collaboration with five academic programs the Division of Academic Programs offers an
emphasis in Regional Analysis in geography, government, environmental science, social work, and sociology.

3.1.5.2 Division of Applied Research, Service and Policy

Through the research and service units, the Division of Applied Research, Service and
Policy generates interdisciplinary research and service projects with special relevance to the region, Appalachia, and rural areas of the nation and world.

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3.1.6 Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

The Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs coordinates the University's associate, bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and graduate certification programs.

3.1.6.1 Graduate Programs

The Office of Graduate Programs includes oversight of the graduate curriculum. Programs at the master's degree level are offered in the areas of art; biology; business administration; career and technical education; communications; education with emphasis on adult and higher education, elementary, guidance, reading, secondary, and special education; English; health and physical education; music; psychology; sociology; and industrial technology. A master's of social work is offered through the University of Kentucky.

Morehead State University has post-baccalaureate 5th year programs in elementary and secondary education and Rank I programs in elementary and secondary education, guidance, special education, and career and technical education. In addition, the following certification programs are offered: supervisor of instruction, superintendent, director of pupil personnel, director of special education, learning and behavior disabilities, moderate and severe disabilities, interdisciplinary early childhood education, special education, and reading and writing. Education specialist degrees are offered in adult and higher education, curriculum and instruction, guidance and counseling, and instructional leadership. Morehead State University also offers a cooperative joint doctoral degree in education with the University of Kentucky.

The Graduate Office also serves as the certification office for completion of graduate educational certification forms for the Educational Professional Standards Board.

3.1.6.2 Undergraduate Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Programs includes oversight of the undergraduate curriculum and the general education curriculum proposal and assessment process. It is also responsible for monitoring academic success of students, facilitating undergraduate academic appeals and monitoring the pre-college curriculum.

3.1.6.3 Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning is charged with coordinating professional
development activities on campus and gathering data from faculty about professional development needs and interests. The center supports a variety of professional development activities including: information technology as a medium for delivering and enhancing instruction, forms of the scholarship of teaching, discipline-specific approaches to teaching, support to attend teaching-related conferences, support for engaging in scholarship of teaching and learning projects, purchasing desired resources such as books, software, videotapes, and periodicals, desired services such as planning and interpreting formative teaching evaluations and support for collaboration/mentoring, offering a variety of formats for professional development such as collaboration, self-guided groups, workshops and presentations, teleconferences. The Center for Teacher and Learning is also the liaison with the CPE faculty development office and Morehead State University's Center for Critical Thinking.

3.1.6.4 Academic Assessment

The Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs is responsible for planning,
coordinating, and analyzing assessment data from a variety of formal and informal sources in order to develop recommendations for curricular changes. Current assessments include the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Alumni Survey, Your First College Year (YFCY), and the Academic Profile.

3.1.6.5 Testing Center

The Testing Center is responsible for administration of individual and group tests that
require a controlled setting. Examples include ACT, GED, PRAXIS, correspondence tests, College Level Exam Program (CLEP), School Leadership Series, KY Principal's Test, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood test, Strong Interest Inventory, Nursing Math Test, Miller Analogies, and graduate exit exams in education fields.

3.1.6.6 International Education

The Office of International Education oversees programs that help to internationalize Morehead State University. Two areas of particular interest to students are the new minor in international studies and the opportunities for study aboard.

The international studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides students an academic program focusing on various areas of the world. Working closely with the associate dean of International Education, students develop a program to fit their personal interests and needs.

Morehead State University provides several study abroad programs around the world through its membership in two consortia. As a member of the Cooperative Center for Study in Britain consortium, the University is able to send faculty and students to English-speaking nations for educational offerings in a variety of subject areas. Programs include a winter interim and two summer sessions.

As participants in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies Consortium, University faculty and students can travel to study centers in Europe, Asia, and South and Central America. Courses are offered during the summer and focus on languages, humanities, and social sciences. KIIS also offers several semester programs in Germany, France, Spain and Mexico.

While relying primarily on these two consortia, MSU works in cooperation with some other universities to allow for additional study abroad opportunities for students. MSU has a student and faculty exchange agreement with Kansai Gaidai University of Foreign Studies in Osaka, Japan. Further possibilities for study abroad include Guangxi University in China and Dijon, France.

Students interested in the International Studies minor or in a study abroad experience should call the Office of International Education (783-2096) for more information.

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3.1.7 Academic Outreach and Support

The Office of Academic Outreach and Support provides services and programs via numerous delivery systems to the citizens of the service region for the accomplishment of student and participant academic, career, personal and social goals. The result of these services is the development of productive citizens who give back to their respective communities. The Office of Academic Outreach and Support includes academic support and retention programs, continuing education, distance learning, extended campus programs and external programs.

3.1.7.1 Academic Support and Retention

The Office of Academic Support and Retention consists of five distinct academic support programs: 1.) Office of First Year Programs; 2.) Center for Academic Advising; 3.) Center for Academic Services; 4.) Career Services; and 5.) Provisional Studies Program.

Office of First Year Programs: This unit administers MSU 101, a freshman success course that introduces students to the expectations and rigors of college. The office also administers the Peer Advising Program, which offers upper division students the opportunity to assist first-year students in their transition to university life. The office monitors the academic progress of first-year students and provides appropriate interventions.

Center for Academic Advising: This department provides academic advising services to students, usually freshmen and sophomores who have not yet chosen a major, and students seeking associate and baccalaureate degrees in university studies. The professional advisors encourage and assist students in exploring various academic, career, and life choices as they relate to deciding upon an academic program. The university studies program is intended for students who want to design their own degree program or adults who are returning to the University to complete a degree. Students completing the university studies degree must complete a general education requirements and then work with an advisor to design an academic program to meet their educational needs.

Center for Academic Services: This office assists students in successfully completing their academic pursuits. The unit provides academic guidance and counseling, tutoring, supplemental instruction, credit classes in career planning (EDGC 105) and study skills (EDAH 102), services for students with disabilities, and services and a course (MSU 099) for students who are on academic probation or readmitted to the University. Workshops and seminars centered on improving study skills and increasing motivation for academic success are offered.

Learning Lab and Tutorial Services: The Learning Lab provides supplemental academic
assistance to students outside the classroom through individualized instruction, the use of audio-visual materials, and computer software in such areas as mathematics, writing, and study skills. The staff works with the faculty to provide academic support services for students. Peer tutors provide one-on-one help and small group assistance in many academic disciplines. Services are available upon request by the student or through referrals from instructors. All tutoring is done by appointment at no cost to the student.

Supplemental Instruction: Supplemental instructors are available to assist in high-risk classes. The supplemental instructors are students who have usually successfully completed the course. These individuals attend all class sessions and work closely with the instructor to provide support services for students outside of the regular class. The supplemental instructors meet with the students in a small group outside of class to review material and assist students to learn the major concepts.

Services for Students with Disabilities: Professional staff assists physically handicapped and learning disabled students in the acquisition of academic aids such as taped textbooks, note-takers, interpreters and tutors. The staff coordinates efforts to address the accessibility and class accommodations with instructors of handicapped and learning disabled students. Students may participate in individual counseling with the staff.

Academic Retention Program for Minority Students: This program provides academic support for minority students through individual assistance by staff and tutors. A faculty-mentoring program, GUSTO, matches faculty members with minority students.

Career Services: The Office of Career Services provides a full range of career services to assist students in their educational and vocational planning and post-graduation placement. Specific services include, but are not limited to, vocational interest testing, career counseling, job search skill development, employer research, evaluation of job search documents, on-campus interviewing, and maintenance of personal credential files. The department offers traditional and online job fairs and has an extensive career resource library and web site. A one-hour credit course, MSU 400, is offered to assist graduating seniors in the job search process.

Faculty members are welcome to utilize the office for personal career needs or to integrate office services with classroom objectives through presentations, workshops, use of career library and online resources, visits to the office, and specific career events. Faculty members can schedule class visits to the office, presentations to classes, or use of other services upon request.

Provisional Studies Program: The Provisional Studies Program specifically addresses the
needs of students who may be initially under-prepared to successfully complete a college-level program. The program provides advising, counseling, and academic support to assist these students in preparing to complete a college education. The staff meets with the students individually to encourage and provide assistance with study habits, personal concerns or other problems that students may encounter. Students are required to attend study tables a minimum of three times a week and to complete required developmental education courses.

3.1.7.2 Regional Campus Programs

The University conducts an extensive extended campus program. Graduate and undergraduate programs and courses that are taught by tenured, tenure-track, and adjunct faculty are offered at extended campuses in Ashland, Jackson, Prestonsburg, and West Liberty and regional sites in Mt. Sterling and in Pikeville through the Appalachian Graduate Consortium in conjunction with Pikeville College. Full-time faculty members are located in Ashland and Prestonsburg. Joint faculty appointments with the community college are in Jackson. Instruction is also offered at selected satellite locations such as Maysville, Whitesburg, Owingsville, Vanceburg, Louisa, Raceland, Flemingsburg, and Hindman. Courses are delivered through face-to-face instruction, interactive television, and the Internet. The University partners with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to deliver programs. All courses carry resident credit, with the quality of instruction and expected student performance equal to that of on-campus study. The following programs of study are offered at the extended campuses.

  • GED West Liberty
  • Associate of University Studies West Liberty
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Elementary Education (P - 5) Ashland, Jackson, Prestonsburg
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Ashland, Jackson, Prestonsburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Ashland, Prestonsburg
  • Bachelor of Social Work Prestonsburg
  • Bachelor of University Studies Ashland, Jackson, Prestonsburg
  • Master of Arts in Education, Rank 1 and Fifth Year Ashland, Pikeville, Prestonsburg

3.1.7.3 Continuing Education

Community Education is a regional service arm of Morehead State University, administering face-to-face and online professional development institutes, courses and seminars, specialized training for businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and community groups, special youth camps, Elderhostel programs, community education, conferences, and personal development programs. The Office of Continuing Education links faculty, staff, and students with service opportunities that strengthen the region. Participants may earn certificates and Continuing Education Units upon completing each course or program. The Office of Continuing Education maintains a permanent record of participation in approved programs and can provide an official continuing education transcript. The Office of Continuing Education adheres to the guidelines established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in sponsoring programs and awarding Continuing Education Units.

3.1.7.4 Distance Learning

The Office of Distance Learning offers courses via the Internet, ITV (Interactive Television), Kentucky Educational Television, satellite, and correspondence.

Online Education (BlackBoard): Courses offered via the Internet use the course management system called BlackBoard located on a server at the University that can be accessed from any Internet capable computer. BlackBoard is a tool to be used by the faculty to enable the course to be delivered entirely online or as a component to any course at the University. Any faculty member interested in using BlackBoard to teach an online course or as part of traditional classroom instruction should contact the Office of Distance Learning for one-on-one assistance and professional development seminars. A one-time stipend is available to support faculty to attend professional development activities sponsored by the Office of Distance Learning and develop and teach an online course. The University is a partner in the Kentucky Virtual University through which credit and non-credit courses and programs are offered by universities and colleges in Kentucky and the United States.

Interactive Television : Interactive television (ITV) is a two-way audio and two-way video. The Office of Distance Learning supports twenty-one ITV locations in fifteen counties. The delivery system is transmitted via special telephone lines called T-1. This system is part of the Kentucky Telelinking Network. Utilizing this delivery system requires students and faculty to be in a specific location, a distance learning classroom, at a scheduled time. Any faculty member interested in teaching an ITV course or using ITV as part of traditional classroom instruction should contact the Office of Distance Learning for one-on-one assistance and professional development seminars. A one-time stipend is available to support faculty to participate in professional development activities sponsored by the Office of Distance Learning and develop and teach an ITV course.

Satellite: Satellite transmission is one-way video and two-way audio. The delivery system
is available on the campuses in Morehead, Ashland, Prestonsburg, and West Liberty. Transmission occurs through the Kentucky Educational Television's STAR channels and requires a satellite downlink. This delivery system requires faculty and students to be in a specially equipped classroom at a specific time to send and receive instruction.

Telecourses: Telecourses are an alternate way for students to earn college credit. These courses are offered in collaboration with Kentucky Educational Television. All telecourses are evaluated by appropriate department chairs and are assigned appropriate course numbers equivalent to Morehead State University courses. Faculty members are compensated with overload pay, if the telecourse creates a teaching overload for that term, on a scale of $100 per student up to 12 students or a maximum of $1,200 for a three-hour telecourse. Any Morehead State University student may enroll for telecourse credit. On-campus students must obtain permission to enroll in telecourses from the department chair or dean of the college in which the telecourse is offered. Others may register as special students for telecourse credit if they hold a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

Correspondence Study : Members of the University faculty offer the Correspondence Study Program courses. Courses vary from 10 to 25 lessons and include a final examination. Faculty members are paid $3.50 per lesson and $12.00 per final examination for grading. Faculty members are also compensated for revising existing courses and developing new correspondence courses. Students must have earned a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate and must have been admitted to the university before taking correspondence courses. Students earn college credit. Correspondence courses are not counted in students' regular course loads.

3.1.7.5 External Academic Support Programs

External Programs are directly related to the University's public service mission. These programs are collaborative efforts with public schools, human service agencies, government, and business to address the educational, social and economic needs of the region.

Commonwealth EOC : The Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center (CEOC) serves 35 counties in eastern and northeastern, Kentucky. CEOC provides information about educational opportunities and financial aid availability for adults interested in attending postsecondary education and provides those adults with assistance in applying for college admission and federal student financial aid. Six full-time and one part-time counselors and two full-time educational outreach specialist provide these services. The staff is stationed on the Morehead campus and at the MSU centers in Ashland, Prestonsburg, Jackson, West Liberty, the Employment Services office in Pikeville, Hazard Community College in Hazard, and Southeast Community College in Cumberland.

Educational Talent Search I & II : The Educational Talent Search I & II programs serve almost 2,000 students in regional middle and high schools in 16 counties in eastern Kentucky. Approximately three-fourths these students are from low-income families and are potential first generation college graduates. Through monthly visits to the local schools, an age-appropriate curriculum is implemented in grades six through twelve, addressing such topics as financial aid for college, college orientation, career awareness, study skills, social skills and other personal issues such as stress management, anger management, self esteem, assertiveness, goal setting and decision making. Field trips to college campuses, business and industrial sites or cultural venues are offered annually. Other services include parent and student newsletters, home-visits to sixth graders, senior salute and a freshman overnight trip.

GEAR UP Kentucky : GEAR UP Kentucky is an early intervention program through the Council on Postsecondary Education and the U.S. Department of Education. The program works with targeted middle and high schools in northern and northeastern Kentucky to promote college awareness, academic rigor, parental involvement and early intervention with support services such as tutoring and mentoring. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of individuals pursuing postsecondary education in the region.

GED Connection : KET's GED Connection program (formerly GED on TV) is a
service to help Kentucky adults study for their GED exam at home by watching Kentucky Educational Television. KET broadcasts 39 one-half hour instructional programs to help adults study. Our office provides support for the program including workbooks, pre-testing, post-testing, and student advising. We are a statewide service and enroll Kentucky residents only. Referrals are made to area Adult Basic Education programs for students who request referrals, or for some reason cannot study independently at home and need additional help. Promotional materials are mailed once a year to agencies throughout the state, including Adult Education providers, about the GED.

MSU Corps/Kentucky Promise Corps : MSUCorps is a school success program funded by the Corporation for National Community Service. MSUCorps has three and ½ staff. The program places 48 full-time members and four part-time members in the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers in 11 counties. These 11 counties are Bath, Rowan, Carter, Boyd, Lawrence, Magoffin, Morgan, Elliott, Lewis, Greenup, and Fleming. Each member targets a minimum of 20 at-risk children to provide tutoring/mentoring. Currently the program tutors over 1,500 children. Kentucky Promise Corps places 20 part-time members at schools in the eleven county area to assist with reading.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program : The MSU-Retired and Senior Volunteer Program services the counties of Bath, Montgomery, and Rowan. The Corporation for National Service and United Way of Montgomery County provide funding. Additional funding is provided by the Administration on Aging. There are 230 volunteers in the program. The purpose of RSVP is to place senior citizens, 55+, in volunteer assignments with non-profit organizations. RSVP serves many of these people through nursing homes, health education and socialization, as well as provides volunteer assignments to this age group.

Student Support Services : Student Support Services (SSS) at MSU is a federally-funded, student-oriented program that offers cultural enrichment, tutoring, academic advising, personal, career, and financial aid counseling. The program serves 221 participants. The services are designed to help MSU students in SSS make the most of their college careers. SSS offers the support needed to ensure a successful academic experience in the pursuit of an education. To be eligible, MSU students must meet the following criteria: have an academic need, two-thirds of the participants must be first generation college students, demonstrate financial need and/or have a documented disability.

Today's Youth : Today's Youth serves 50 participants, ages 18 - 21, in Bath, Boyd,
Bracken, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Montgomery, Mason, Montgomery, Robertson, and Rowan counties. The program works to increase basic skills, achieve work readiness and develop occupational skills for participants through counseling, building self-esteem, leadership development and various other tools for individual growth, development and enhancement. The program strives to keep participants in postsecondary education and prepare them to move into the workforce. The staff works closely with the postsecondary institutions in the region, transportation services and community organizations in all ten counties. Today's Youth staff works closely with Buffalo Trace ADD, Fivco ADD and Gateway ADD and various departments on the MSU campus.

Upward Bound Programs and Upward Bound Math & Science Center : MSU sponsors three Upward Bound programs (two "classic" UB programs and the Math & Science Center). All three programs share the goal of ensuring postsecondary success for participants. The programs serve approximately 235 students from 10 counties/11 schools for UB I, five counties/schools for UB II and the Appalachian Kentucky counties and five West Virginia counties on the Kentucky border for the Math & Science Center. Relationships are developed and maintained with each school and community served by the program(s) in order to recruit students and provide effective services. Academic, social and cultural activities are provided throughout the academic year at target high schools, county libraries and on MSU's campus. A six-week summer residential component at MSU is designed to simulate a college-going experience for the students and includes academic classes as well as social, cultural and educational activities.

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3.1.8 Registrar

The Office of the Registrar develops, implements, and maintains delivery systems of students' academic records. The office coordinates preregistration, registration, course changes, and the preparation of the semester schedule of classes. In addition, grade processing, evaluation of transfer and military work, enrollment verification, academic transcript issuance, National Collegiate Athletic Association athletic eligibility, probation processing, Dean's List, and the monitoring of all students receiving veterans' benefits are performed by the office. Through an integrated database, student information is retrieved to report to the Council on Postsecondary Education, administrative offices, and faculty. The organization and coordination of University commencements, an academic degree audit of each undergraduate student's credentials prior to receipt of a diploma, and the development, implementation and administration of the University's computerized advising degree audit systems are integral functions of the office.

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3.1.9 Library and Instructional Media

As one of the region's best student-oriented libraries in terms of service and up-to-date resources, Camden-Carroll Library offers both traditional and electronic resources, accessible through a state-of-the-art web catalog. Resources include a print collection of half-a-million volumes, 2500 current subscriptions in print and microform formats, and an extensive reference collection. Videos, CD's, and other non-print materials are available for check-out, and print materials not owned by CCL may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Electronic resources such as full-text online journals, e-books, and nearly 100 databases in all subject areas complement the collection. In addition, Camden-Carroll Library is a selective depository for United States government documents. A learning technology lab houses multimedia software and equipment for student and faculty course work.

Information about and access to the library's collection, online resources, and services is gained through the library's home page (http://www2.moreheadstate.edu/library ). Other services to faculty include a film rental service to obtain films and videotapes for faculty and staff, interlibrary loan services, carrels for research and study, and photocopiers.

Collection Development and the Library Liaison Program : Each academic department is assigned a librarian to serve as liaison with the department. Faculty members are encouraged to work with their library liaison to build the library's collection and guide students in learning to use information and library resources. Library liaisons welcome opportunities to collaborate with faculty in providing specialized instruction in information literacy and the use of library resources. New faculty members will receive a packet of information from the library, including the name and phone number of their liaison and instructions on requesting library material.

Circulation/Reserves: Books, audio-visual materials, pamphlets and government documents are checked out at the circulation desk. A barcoded MSU faculty-staff I.D. must be presented at the time of check-out. Faculty members may keep most materials for nine weeks, and materials are renewable. Best sellers, microforms, videos, CDs and computer software have shorter circulation periods. The library requires that others who check out materials in a faculty member's name must present the faculty member's identification card along with a note from the faculty member authorizing the checkout. Library materials can be renewed online; see the library homepage.

Course reserves may be placed at the circulation desk. Two week's notice is needed to prepare materials for reserve. The check-out period for each reserve item is designated by the faculty member. Photocopied materials can be placed on both electronic reserve and regular reserve. Obtaining copyright permission is the responsibility of the faculty member. Information about obtaining copyright permission is available in the Reserves section of the library homepage.

Learning Resource Center : The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a multi-media center containing computer software, videos. CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, audio cassettes and other non-print formats. It also houses a preschool-grade 12 collection of books and curriculum guides and the public school textbook adoption selection for the current year.

Equipment available for use in the LRC includes : computers for previewing CD-ROMs, high quality CD players, audiocassette/CD players, TV/VCRs, a computer for those with physical or visual disabilities, a public print station and several computers with access to the library's catalog, electronic databases and the Internet.

Extended Campus Services : The Library provides special services to faculty teaching off-campus and their students. Faculty may place course reserve materials in cooperating libraries at the regional campus locations by notifying the Extended Campus Library Services office. The Extended Campus Librarian also provides library instruction and orientation sessions for off-campus classes, and coordinates document delivery services to distance learning and extended campus students.

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3.1.10 Honors/Leadership Programs

The Honors Leadership Residential College is a living and learning experience that involves a partnership between the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Life. This program is focused on student success. The residential college consists of students who are the Presidential and Regional Honors Scholarships recipients, Valedictorians, Salutatorians, Academic Honors Program members, Governor's Scholars, National Merit award winner, or students with significant leadership experience and an ACT of 23 and above. They are first and second year students who live in Butler Hall and attend some of their classes within the building. Through these classes, taught by faculty from a variety of departments, the students participate in learning communities. The students engage in study groups and individual tutoring as necessary. All students are also members of a four year Leadership Development Program. To further their leadership skills, the residents participate in a number of community engagement programs. Student life and academic enrichment programming takes place in the hall through the year.

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3.1.11 Research, Grants, and Contracts

The Office of Research, Grants and Contracts provides services essential for all phases of proposal development, including budgets that may result in a grant or contract between an external funding source and the University. In coordinating proposal development services, the office serves as the University's official administrative unit to review and submit all proposals to external sources. The resources and services of the office assist faculty and staff members in conducting research, in delivering public services and in promoting professional growth through the use of external funds.

The office also provides administrative support for the Research and Creative Productions Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

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3.2 Deans' Council

Members of the council include the provost and executive vice president as the chairperson, the associate vice president for graduate and undergraduate programs, the associate vice president for academic outreach and support, the assistant vice president for academic affairs, the deans of the four colleges, the dean of the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy, and the chair of the faculty senate. This council meets bi-weekly.

Duties and responsibilities of this council are to provide the provost and executive vice president with recommendations for implementations and/or modifications that strengthen University programs and plans and to provide opportunity for the provost to inform the academic leadership of major actions being considered and/or taken.

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3.3 Chairs' Forum

Members of the forum include all department chairs and interim/acting department chairs. The forum meets at least once a semester to identify concerns of department chairs, to provide a means of communication between chairs and other university units, to consult on policies and procedures affecting department function, and to communicate recommendations to the provost. The forum is administered by an executive committee elected by the members.

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3.4 Deans

Each dean is charged with the overall responsibility for the development of the college. Accordingly, the dean is the individual ultimately responsible for the recruitment, evaluation and retention of faculty, for the academic advising of students; for curriculum development, course offerings and classroom instruction in the college; for the development of library materials and laboratory equipment; and for the administrative and financial management of the college.

Considerable academic autonomy is granted each college; hence, each dean is accorded commensurate authority and responsibility. This responsibility and authority are shared by the dean with the chairs, faculty, and staff to whatever extent is most productive for the college. The dean is accountable to the provost for the success of the college.

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3.5 Department Chairs

The department chairs are responsible for the development and management of programs at the departmental level. The department chair reports to the dean of the college in which the department is located. The department chair recommends the employment and retention of departmental faculty and staff and develops and recommends courses, programs, schedules, facilities, and budgets.

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3.6 Program Coordinators

Program coordinators are responsible for the development and management of single programs within a department or college. A program coordinator may report to a department chair or to a college dean. Program coordinators develop and recommend courses, schedules, facilities and budgets. The decision to appoint a program coordinator rests with the dean and department chair.

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